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About Greensboro, Vermont
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Orleans County
Chartered: August 20, 1781 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 25,311 Acres = 39.55 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 131* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 34' W 72°18'
Altitude: 1,463 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 762 [ Population Rank: 186* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 19.3 [ Density Rank: 196* ]
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Greensboro's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

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The first named grantee was Harris Colt of Lyme, Connecticut, who had captained a company under Washington's command. He and his associates had petitioned for the town in March of 1780, and the following November the Legislature made the grant, directing that the charter be issued under the name of Coltkiln (sometimes rendered incorrectly as Colt Hill, for example in Child's Gazetteer).

Meanwhile, between the granting and the chartering, one of the other grantees, Timothy Green, was charged with printing counterfeit Vermont bills of credit. Green and his son, Timothy Jr., originally had come to Vermont from New London, Connecticut. In peacetime the father was a printer by trade, a descendant of Samuel Green of Cambridge, Massachusetts, generally considered to have been the second printer in New England. After moving to Vermont, Timothy Sr. was for a time one of the two official state printers. The records of the Governor and Council show the counterfeiting charge was brought to that body on June 13, 1781. Green and the other men who were thought to be involved were arrested the next day, and on the 15th they were acquitted. It seems that one Chaffee and a "printer's boy" who worked for Green were the real culprits. The next time Green's name appears in the record is on August 20th, when the new town that had been granted as Coltkiln was suddenly and without any explanation chartered as Greensboro. Of course, the evidence is only circumstantial, but one does wonder if the name change was by way of being an oblique apology to Green for the false accusation against him.

Material excerpted or adapted from Esther Munroe Swift's
Vermont Place-Names: Footprints of History
with the author's permission

Activities & Points of Interest
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Goings-on in and near Greensboro
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.

Greensboro Historical Society

Orleans County Historical Society

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (St. Johnsbury) 802-748-8141
Town Clerk:  Valdine Hall PO Box 119 Greensboro, VT 05841
 802-533-2911
 M-Th 9-4:30

Churches, Ministries, Charitables
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Roman Catholic : St. Michael
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ
United Methodist : Greensboro Bend UMC (Greensboro Bend)

Schools
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Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union 802-472-6531
Lakeview Union School 802-533-7066

Neighboring Towns
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This is a basic geographic reference, intended to show relative location of adjacent towns. Directional accuracy is limited to 16 compass points. There isn't even the slightest suggestion that one can necessarily travel directly from one town to the next (as in "You can't get there from here").

Craftsbury Glover
Greensboro Wheelock
Wolcott
Stannard
Hardwick Walden

Utilities
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Notes about utilities:

  • One electric or phone company indicates that company serves the entire town. More than one of either indicates each serves different areas of town.
  • A listed cable company MIGHT mean the entire town is covered, but not necessarily. More than one listed indicates each serves different areas of town.
  • Unless your area is one served by Vermont's only gas utility, your only option is bottled gas (any dealer).
    Electric Hardwick Electric Department 802-472-5201
    Electric Vermont Electric Co-op 800-832-2667
    Electric Washington Electric Co-op 800-932-5245
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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